Physical Education

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

James M. Geidner, Department Chair, Associate Professor
Jay R. Johnson, Associate Professor
Danielle Karvonen, Senior Lecturer
David F. Kroll, Assistant Professor
Amy LaRue, Senior Lecturer
Kim Lebard-Rankila, Assistant Professor
Jen MacKay, Senior Lecturer
Raymond Reinertsen, Senior Lecturer
William F. Simpson, Associate Professor
Sydny Vanderveen, Senior Lecturer

Physical Education Program, Mission & Philosophy Top of Page

The Health and Human Performance Department (HHP) offers a Physical Education Major program which includes the following concentrations: Physical Education (EC-A Teaching Certification), Exercise Science (non- comprehensive - requires a minor) and, Community/Public Health Promotion. Minors are available in Coaching, Health (liberal arts), Health Education, Sports Management, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

HHP Mission Statement

The mission of the Health and Human Performance Department is to provide students with a knowledge base, creating a positive attitude and lifelong skills in the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, career, social and environmental (i.e. personal health) in accordance with the liberal arts tradition at UW-Superior.  Programs in the Health and Human Performance Department seek to serve all students in a caring educational environment toward liberal arts studies in physical education and health and/or pre-professional studies as physical education, health, or non-teaching allied health professions.

Philosophy Statement

The Health and Human Performance Department believes in the education of the total person, body, soul and spirit in that:

  • Developing a knowledge base and critical thinking skills concerning responsibility for individual wellness is critical for all human beings.
  • All students should be given the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward healthy behaviors for a lifetime.
  • Learning takes place best when there is an emotional attachment; therefore, students need to be engaged in the curriculum.
  • Attitudes are caught not taught; teachers must be excited about their courses and the environment in which they teach.
  • As we learn to move, we move to learn; and we all have the responsibility to become aware of and learn to respect diversity among people.
  • The teaching-learning process is a two-way street; the student-teacher relationship should revolve around good, honest communication, valued learning experiences and assessments, and should bring about expected outcomes for both parties.

We strongly recommend that all majors retain textbooks, course notes and major papers in each of the major courses. These materials will be important assets in other courses in your major and/or minor.

All students with majors or minors in Physical Education and Health must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses in the major and/or minor.

Students seeking teacher certification must meet the requirements detailed in the Teacher Education sections of this catalog.

Liberal Education Requirement

To fulfill the Liberal Education Requirement, all students must successfully complete HHP 102 Health and Wellness. Students with medical restrictions should contact the coordinator of HHP 102 labs before the first lab session. Physical Education majors and minors must earn a grade of C+ or better in HHP 102.

Prerequisites

Students should note that several Health and Human Performance courses at the 200, 300 and 400 levels have specific course prerequisites. These prerequisites are indicated in the Course Descriptions portion of this catalog.

Experiential Learning - Fieldwork - Internship

The faculty of the Health and Human Performance Department believe that a well-designed and meaningful work experience, which builds on the academic foundation provided by a college education, can greatly enhance the total learning experience and facilitate the transition from college to the professional world. Academic credits awarded for Fieldwork, Experiential Learning, range from 1-12. Credits for Internship range from 10-20. Students interested in Internship should read the Health and Human Performance Internship Handbook and contact the instructor for additional information.

Senior Experience

This culminating senior year project integrates and synthesizes the student's coursework (theories, concepts, skill competencies) into a formal project and experience to be presented on Senior Presentation day which is scheduled at the end of each semester.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain academic integrity in meeting requirements for an undergraduate degree. Evidence of academic misconduct may result in certain sanctions, such as failure in a course or dismissal from the program. Chapter 14 of the UW-Superior Student Disciplinary Procedures of the Wisconsin Administrative Code for the University of Wisconsin System outlines the procedures for identifying academic misconduct and the appropriate sanctions.

Immoral Conduct - Incompetency

A student may be denied admission to the certification program under Wisconsin Administration Code for the Department of Public Instruction PI 34.103 dealing with Incompetency and Immoral Conduct. Recommendations for certification can also be denied under the same statute.

The following are statutory definitions: "Immoral Conduct" means conduct or behavior which is contrary to commonly accepted moral or ethical standards and endangers the health, welfare and safety or education of any pupil. "Incompetency" means a pattern of inadequate performance of duties or the lack of ability, legal qualifications or fitness to discharge required duties, and which endangers the health, welfare, safety or education of any pupils.

See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.

Physical Education Major Top of Page

Notice Top of Page

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Program.

Physical Education Major - Physical Education pK-12 (formerly EC-A) Teacher Certification Requirements Top of Page

(Formerly K-12 Teacher Certification)

60 total credits

The Physical Education Major, EC-A Licensure program, follows the teacher certification policies and guidelines established by the UW-Superior Teacher Education Program. HHP 110, Introduction to HHP Majors/Minors, helps students interested in the program to understand its requirements. Upper-level courses are then required in both departments.

Students seeking EC-A teacher certification are required to take selected courses in Physical Education and Teacher Education in a prescribed sequence. It is critical the sequence be followed. Taking courses out of sequence or missing required courses can result in significant delay in completing degree requirements. See your advisor for information on the program requirements and a suggested four-year plan.

*Certification in Lifeguarding and WSI is highly recommended (HHP 312/HHP 413)

Required activity courses (19 credits required):

Invasion, Striking and Field Activities in PE -- 4.00 credits
Target, Net and Wall Activities in PE -- 4.00 credits
Social and Square Dance -- 3.00 credits
Group Fitness -- 1.00 credits

Level IV & V (Intermediate) American Red Cross Certification & Basic Water Safety -- 1.00 credits

or

Aquatic Safety -- 1.00 credits

or

Level VI,VII Advanced Swimming (ARC) and Emergency Water Safety -- 1.00 credits

or

Lifeguard Training Instructor -- 1.00 credits

or

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) -- 2.00 credits

Elementary School Human Performance Activities-Children's Games -- 3.00 credits
Children's Rhythms & Tumbling -- 3.00 credits
 

Required professional theory courses (41 credits required):

Introduction to HHP Majors/Minors -- 1.00 credits
Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction into Sports and Exercise Medicine -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Physical Assessment and Exercise Evaluation -- 1.00 credits
Adapted Human Performance (PE) -- 2.00 credits
Motor Learning -- 3.00 credits
Methods and Curriculum In Secondary Physical Education -- 3.00 credits
Organization and Administration of Human Performance, Health & Athletics -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Theory of Coaching -- 2.00 credits
Kinesiology -- 3.00 credits
Exercise Physiology -- 3.00 credits
Assessment of the Exceptional Child in Human Performance (PE) -- 2.00 credits
Adaptive Human Performance (PE) Fieldwork -- 1.00 - 8.00 credits
Theories of Human Performance for the Elementary School -- 3.00 credits
Measurement and Evaluation for Human Performance -- 2.00 credits
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology -- 2.00 credits
Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits

Professional Education required courses (26 credits required):

Teacher certification requirements, including student teaching/internship, are also in place for this major.  Please consult with your advisor regarding the additional teacher certification requirements you must complete.

Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required in one of the following):

Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Internship in Middle/Secondary School Teaching -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Internship in Special Areas Teaching K-12 -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

Adaptive Education Certification: Physical Education preK-12 (formerly EC-A) Certification Requirements Top of Page

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

13.5 total credits

In addition to completing the EC-A Certification in Physical Education, students must also complete the following to be certified in Exceptional Education: Physical Education.

Required courses (13.5 credits required):

Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Adaptive Aquatics -- 0.50 credits
Coaching Students with Special Needs -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
 
Individual Educational Assessment and IEP Development -- 3.00 credits
Inclusive Management Strategies -- 3.00 credits

Teacher certification requirements, including student teaching/internship, are also in place for this major. Please consult with your advisor regarding the additional teacher certification requirements you must complete.

Physical Education Major - Exercise Science concentration Requirements Top of Page

The Exercise Science concentration is an entry-level professional preparation program that prepares students to enter into the exercise professions including health/wellness and clinical areas. It also prepares those students wishing to pursue graduate education in the exercise professions as well as related careers such as athletic training, physical therapy and the medical professions. Course work includes basic and applied sciences, nutrition, exercise physiology, electrocardiography, exercise assessment/testing and prescription, research and hands on experiences. This major requires a minor that supports the student's individual needs.

36 total credits

Introduction to HHP Majors/Minors -- 1.00 credits
HHP 100 - 200 - Activity Courses -- 2 credits (HHP 133 is NOT allowed)

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction to Health Science and Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Group Fitness -- 1.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Physical Assessment and Exercise Evaluation -- 1.00 credits
Aquatic Safety -- 1.00 credits
Motor Learning -- 3.00 credits
Practicum in HHP 102 Lab -- 1.00 - 2.00 credits
Organization and Administration of Human Performance, Health & Athletics -- 3.00 credits
Kinesiology -- 3.00 credits
Exercise Physiology -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Health Coach -- 3.00 credits
Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits

Physical Education Major - Community/Public Health Promotion concentration (comprehensive) Requirements Top of Page

52 total credits

The Community/Public Health Promotion concentration provides a solid foundational curriculum combined with practical experience through internship. Students majoring in community/public health promotion may seek jobs in health fields including public health educators/coordinators, human resource services, employee wellness, community wellness/fitness/education, county health departments, federal government agencies, as well as many other health and wellness related areas.  The Community/Public Health Promotion curriculum has been aligned with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) national standards.

Required courses (43 credits required):

Introduction to HHP Majors/Minors -- 1.00 credits
Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction to Health Science and Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Physical Assessment and Exercise Evaluation -- 1.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Pathophysiology of Disease\Prevention and Control -- 3.00 credits
Community and Environmental Health -- 3.00 credits
Epidemiology -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 10.00 - 20.00 credits
(internship should be 10 credits)

Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits

Focus areas:

Students choose a focus area in either Public Health or Maternal-Child Health.

Students choose to fulfill their 9 elective credits by working towards one of the focus areas listed below depending on their professional career goals. 

Public Health Focus

Designed to support careers associated with public health programming, public health education, work site wellness programs, community education through hospitals, non-profit organizations, governmental health programs that strive to support health across all ages, and other public health orientated professions.

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Practicum in HHP 102 Lab -- 1.00 - 2.00 credits
Organization and Administration of Human Performance, Health & Athletics -- 3.00 credits
Health Coach -- 3.00 credits

Maternal Child Health Focus

Designed to support careers associated with the facilitation and supervision of infant and youth health programs, maternal education programs offered through hospitals, infant and youth non-profit programs, government agencies that support infant and maternal welfare, and other programs that require a strong understanding of infant and youth physical and mental health issues.

Maternal Child Health -- 3.00 credits
Infant Health and Development -- 3.00 credits
Healthy Families -- 3.00 credits

Coaching Minor Requirements Top of Page

(Meets Minnesota Coaching Certification Requirements.)

26 total credits

Required courses (26 credits required):

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits

COAC 241-249 - Coaching of Specific Sports -- 2 credits

Coaching Fieldwork -- 1.00 - 5.00 credits
Introduction into Sports and Exercise Medicine -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Organization and Administration of Human Performance, Health & Athletics -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Theory of Coaching -- 2.00 credits
Kinesiology -- 3.00 credits
Exercise Physiology -- 3.00 credits
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology -- 2.00 credits

Health Education Minor -- preK-12 (formerly EC-A) Teacher Certification Requirements Top of Page

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

31 total credits

Required courses (31 credits required):

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction to Health Science and Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Pathophysiology of Disease\Prevention and Control -- 3.00 credits
Community and Environmental Health -- 3.00 credits

Professional Requirements for Secondary or K-12 Teacher Certification

Teacher certification requirements, including student teaching/internship, are also in place for this major.  Please consult with your advisor regarding the additional teacher certification requirements you must complete.

Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits

Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required in one of the following):

Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Internship in Middle/Secondary School Teaching -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Internship in Special Areas Teaching K-12 -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

Health Education Minor -- MC-EA Teacher Certification Requirements Top of Page

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

For Elementary Education Majors Only

26 total credits

Required courses (26 credits required):

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Pathophysiology of Disease\Prevention and Control -- 3.00 credits

Health Minor Requirements Top of Page

23 total credits

Required Courses (23 credits required):

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Pathophysiology of Disease\Prevention and Control -- 3.00 credits
Community and Environmental Health -- 3.00 credits

Sport Management Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required courses (17 credits required):

Introduction into Sports and Exercise Medicine -- 2.00 credits
Organization and Administration of Human Performance, Health & Athletics -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Theory of Coaching -- 2.00 credits
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology -- 2.00 credits
Experiential Learning -- 1.00 - 12.00 credits
Principles Of Management -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Marketing -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses (2 credits required):

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Contract Law -- 2.00 credits
Business Law I -- 3.00 credits

Communication Elective courses (3 credits required):

News Writing and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Digital Filmmaking -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits

Substance Abuse Counseling Top of Page

25 total credits

The Substance Abuse Counseling program is approved by the State of Wisconsin and fulfills all requirements (360 hours of comprehensive specialized education) necessary to sit for the licensing exam.  As with all clinical health licensures only the State of Wisconsin can license an individual after they graduate and meet all post-graduation requirements.

Health and Wellness -- 3.00 credits
Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
 
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
 
Substance Abuse Counseling -- 3.00 credits
 
Community and Environmental Health -- 3.00 credits
 
Healthy Families -- 3.00 credits
 

Electives -- 5 credits in HLTH (check with your HHP advisor for appropriate courses)

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Health and Human Performance programs hope to develop these attributes in all students as part of the liberal arts mission of the university by providing a well-rounded, dynamic experience in the wellness course.

  • Foster the intellectual growth of all students concerning wellness for life as a core of their liberal arts education.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, positive attitudes and personal responsibility in all students toward leading productive and healthy lifestyles.
  • Graduate certified physical education/health/early childhood/special education teachers who are engaged in their professional endeavors, able to impart knowledge and skills to diverse populations in a variety of educational settings.
  • Graduate students who seek careers in allied health professions who are engaged in their professional endeavors, able to impart knowledge and skills to diverse populations in a variety of professional settings who make a positive contribution to society.
  • Achieve accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for the undergraduate curriculum in exercise science.